New car review Nissan Leaf (2013on) Sunday Times Driving

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NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Acenta 80kW Auto

New car review: Nissan Leaf

Good to drive and undeniably but too quirky, while limited range restricts usefulness

— £25,490 (after government plug-in car grant)

Plasticky interior

— Not the car

— Unpredictable range

is it?

The Nissan Leaf is the electric car a touch of “wae’aye man”, this new, second-generation is now built in Sunderland.  In addition to its heritage, the revised model an enhanced range (a claimed 124 compared with the original 109 miles), a fast 6.6kW charger and a larger boot. from £20,990 (after the grant) it competes with cars including the prettier, but much smaller Renault Zoe £13,995 after plug-in deduction), the Renault Fluence £17,845 after grant), the BMW i3 £25,680 after grant) it arrives later this and the VW eGolf, due next year.

Meanwhile, though not a pure car, the similarly-sized Vauxhall (starting at £28,750 after deduction), which features a range-extending, 1.4-litre petrol-driven to provide additional electricity, is a viable alternative. And in the hybrid corner is the Toyota Prius, at £21,845.

There are now three levels with the Nissan Visia, Acenta and Tekna. The steel wheels and dial-type, air-conditioning say much about the entry-level aspirations. For an extra Acenta brings welcome including Nissan’s useful telematics and sat nav systems. In addition, it has air conditioning, a rapid-charge port and wheels.


The Tekna’s £2,000 adds a BOSE sound and heated leather seats and wheel.

You can buy a Leaf outright its battery or lease both separately from £119 per for the car and £70pm for the battery, both three years, driving miles per year. There’s a deposit to pay. What you have to pay, however, is car the London congestion charge, at most public charging and, if you’re a company benefit-in-kind tax.

The drive

An electric motor its maximum torque from the You can feel it in the way the pressure you apply to the accelerator pedal produces a matched response from the There’s no hesitancy and no lag. the Leaf pulls strongly but select “B” via the transmission knob and more power is made for acceleration.

In normal running, braking, when you lift off the is strong, capturing energy and it back to the battery but in B mode, effect is reduced for a smoother

The Leaf’s brakes are a little initially but they build strongly. The suspension soaks up urban dents and with from the car’s hefty kerb weight does a job of flattening out A-road undulations and Fast cornering shows up the slightly woolly steering but still entertaining.

In fact, for a car with such a range, the Leaf is frustratingly to drive.

NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Acenta 80kW Auto

The Leaf offers ways to monitor how efficiently driving while, on the main is an energy consumption display example, switch the heating off and you can see the counter gain miles). As the counter is calculated on very driving conditions, it’s a difficult to predict actual on a longer run.

For example, one who embarked on his 43-mile drive work to home with 80 range displayed, arrived at his with 27 miles remaining. He the car overnight on the mains (at a cost in of around £2.50) and with the restored to 80 miles retraced his This time he arrived at with 40 miles range What’s more, he had driven a less tentatively than the before, turned up the heating and on the heated seats, just to see how they’d drain the system.

With experience, though, idiosyncracies needn’t be a serious and at least the three-pin charging means the car can be easily topped up, you should expect to see only a few miles of range for a half charge on a standard domestic A full charge takes 10 hours, meaning the car should a full battery after plugged in overnight.

The cabin

like its exterior, the Leaf’s shouts, “I’m different”. A black control unit, much like a computer dominates an otherwise hard, fascia. It features ventilation and a soft-touch display incorporating sat Nissan CarWings (which remote control of, among things, the Leaf’s charging, and and ventilation systems via a phone or and energy consumption data.

The dashboard is modular in layout related functions all neatly but it all looks a bit Buck Rogers.  In to the central control unit, a split-level display ahead of the the top portion above the steering giving essential information as speed and driving efficiency, the larger portion visible the steering wheel  providing energy data including power consumption and remaining For energy obsessives, the Leaf be heaven, but for the driver who simply to go from A to B, all these ways of the same, detailed information can be a tad and unnerving.

The needlessly small knob is another example of the self-conscious styling. It’s fiddly at first, requiring small movements to engage the modes. A ham-fisted driver easily mis-select.

It took one tester some to realise that to select you push the knob to the right as but, crucially, hold it

Otherwise, the cabin is competent and ‒ plenty of headroom and legroom  in the and comfortable seats. The boot is a narrow but split fold ensure it is at least flexible.

The one to buy

NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Acenta 80kW Auto
NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Acenta 80kW Auto
NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Acenta 80kW Auto
NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Acenta 80kW Auto
NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Acenta 80kW Auto
NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Acenta 80kW Auto

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